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Bushfires and water tanks

Bushfires are very common in African Savannas, especially during the dry season between May and October. Private water sources in bushfire-affected areas could become contaminated from bushfire ash, fire retardant, debris or dead animals. If the water looks, smells or tastes unusual, do not use it for drinking or food preparation and do not give it […]

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South Africa: The hidden cost of water supply cuts

Many small towns in South Africa such as Grahamstown, are experiencing an increasing frequency of water supply outages.  As the article below outlines, water supply cuts cost businesses and home-owners money.  Water supply cuts can be mitigated by the installation of water tanks to store rainwater or municipal water or both – water tanks can save you […]

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South Africa: Water losses could fund 20 Lesotho Highlands projects

The shocking figures presented below are particularly disturbing as South Africa is a water scarce country and can ill afford to waste a single drop of water.  One of the solutions presented below is to increase the cost of water to consumers – this may help to make people realise the value of water who […]

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South Africa: Possible sea water desalination plant for Durban

All options that can contribute to South Africa’s water supply should be considered but conventional desalination plants may be too energy intensive – exacerbating another chronic problem in South Africa – electricity supply shortfalls.  The cost of water to households and businesses will rise exponentially in the near future.  Rainwater harvesting may offer a partial […]

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South Africa losing huge quantities of water

South Africa’s water infrastructure is ind dire need of upgrading and maintenance.  Corrupt and inept officials combined with water theft only exacerbate water scarcity in the country.  Citizens must engage in water conservation practices and invest in water-saving systems such as greywater recycling and rainwater harvesting.  A few rain water tanks can save a household […]

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Mandela’s hospital receives 20000 litres of emergency water

This is yet another example of why rain water tanks at hospitals are a good idea, especially in South Africa.  Even if rainwater harvesting systems are not installed, a series of large water tanks for storing municipal water, for example 10000 litre tanks or 20000 litre tanks, could see the hospital through until water supplies […]

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South Africa: Village near Nelson Mandela’s Qunu cries out for water

Residents in many rural areas lack basic infrastructure and water services, often relying on municipal water tankers that deliver water intermittently.  A better solution would be for the government to subsidise water tanks for rainwater harvesting to make these communities less dependent on unreliable municipal water supplies and improve their lives. “They just don’t care… […]

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Durban – eThekwini Municipality water shortages loom

A common problem in many parts of South Africa is the continued construction of urban housing projects that take little notice of the dire water situation and future water shortages are thus guaranteed.  These new developments should incorporate rainwater harvesting and rain water tanks into the building plans to ensure residents have some alternative water […]

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South Africa: R4.3bn interim water supply programme to begin

Water infrastructure in South Africa sorely needs a boost of investment from the private and public sectors.  The average household or business can still ensure that municipal water shortages do not affect them by the installation water conservation systems such as rainwater harvesting tanks and greywater recycling.  A full rain water tank is insurance against […]

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